Important notes from Redskins first depth chart release of the regular season

The Washington Redskins released their first unofficial depth chart of the 2019 NFL season. Here are the important notes about it.

With the start of the Redskins season now just days away and the 53-man roster (mostly) settled, the Redskins have released their first unofficial depth chart of the regular season.

Depth chart releases at this time of year are mostly a formality. At this point, most analysts and fans know what to expect from various position groups. And with top position battles all settled, there aren’t many surprises in the starting lineup.

Still, there are always a few important notes to keep in mind before the start of the regular season. So, here are the things to know ahead of the Redskins’ Week 1 clash with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Offense

  • As expected, Case Keenum, Donald Penn, and Ereck Flowers have won the starting jobs at quarterback, left tackle, and left guard respectively. They will be primarily backed up by Dwayne Haskins, Geron Christian, and Wes Martin with the lattermost player being the most likely to step into the lineup without any injury concerns.
  • Christian is listed as the backup at both left and right tackle. The Redskins are only carrying three true offensive tackles on the roster at this point in time.
  • Terry McLaurin was given the starting job at wide receiver, replacing the departed Josh Doctson. He will look to make his presence felt on offense early and often.
  • Derrius Guice is listed ahead of Adrian Peterson as the starting running back. That jibes with Jay Gruden’s comments from the other day about Guice being the likely lead back for the team.
  • The newly-acquired Wendell Smallwood currently isn’t listed on the RB depth chart, but that may just be a momentary omission. He is, however, on the return-man depth chart.

Defense

  • Jon Bostic and Shaun Dion Hamilton will be the starters at inside linebacker. Josh Harvey-Clemons had made a case to earn a starting job thanks to his preseason play, but he will be the top backup behind Hamilton.
  • The recently claimed Tanner Vallejo will serve as the fifth linebacker and will likely see most of his action on special teams.
  • No surprises on the defensive line depth chart. Treyvon Hester will backup Matt Ioannidis and is the sixth man in the defensive line rotation.
  • Ryan Anderson will earn the starting nod at the edge rusher position over first-round pick Montez Sweat. That said, they will likely rotate quite a bit with Sweat playing more in pass rushing situations and Anderson, a great run defender, playing on early downs.
  • Jimmy Moreland is listed as a third-string cornerback for the team but still could see action early in the season. He is listed behind Fabian Moreau, who is dealing with an ankle injury that could keep him out to start the season.
  • Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is listed ahead of Greg Stroman as the primary backup to Josh Norman.

Special Teams

  • Part of the reason that Steven Sims made the Redskins roster is because of his return ability. He is listed as the top kick return option with Smallwood and Stroman backing him up.
  • Trey Quinn is the primary punt returner, backed up by Sims and Stroman.
  • Stroman’s special teams value could have him active for most games this season. When Fabian Moreau is healthy, that could come at the expense of DRC.
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This is just the initial depth chart, so things are subject to change. But those are the major takeaways at least ahead of the team’s Week 1 clash with the Eagles.

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